When Josh Chiero began searching for a job as a head coach of a high school girls volleyball team, there were several positions available in central Ohio.

When Josh Chiero began searching for a job as a head coach of a high school girls volleyball team, there were several positions available in central Ohio.

Chiero applied for jobs at five different schools, but when Olentangy Orange High School athletics director Tony Milano made an offer, Chiero didn't hesitate.

"There were 13 vacancies, but Olentangy Orange was always at the top of my list, because I like the schools, the girls and where this program is at," Chiero said. "I'm definitely ready to be a head coach and I think this is a great program to step into, because everyone's ready to build something here."

Chiero replaces Stephanie Lanthorn, who resigned for personal reasons after leading the Pioneers through their first two seasons. Orange finished 7-16 overall and 3-9 in the OCC-Capital Division last year. The Pioneers were 8-14 and 6-6 in the OCC-Capital in their first season.

"We haven't set goals as far as wins and losses or how far we want to go in the playoffs yet," Chiero said. "We had a meeting, and our main goals are personal development as players and growing as a team."

Chiero played four seasons of golf and volleyball at Westerville South before graduating in 2004.

He was recruited to play volleyball by Findlay and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. However, Chiero chose to attend the University of Toledo, where he played one season of club volleyball before transferring to the University of South Florida as a sophomore.

After two years at South Florida, Chiero returned to Columbus and earned a sports leadership and humanities degree from Ohio State last December.

"I got heavy into volleyball my freshman year at Westerville South, and I knew I was going to be involved in volleyball the rest of my life," Chiero said.

In 2008, Chiero made his head coaching debut with the Greater Columbus Club Volleyball under-16 girls team. He served as the Westerville Central boys volleyball team's first head coach in 2008 and 2009, and he served as an assistant varsity coach for the Gahanna girls volleyball team.

Chiero coached the U-16 girls club volleyball squad at Mintonette Sports the past two years and the U-14 girls team this year.

"Volleyball is my passion and I'm going to coach volleyball the rest of my life," Chiero said. "I already know some of these girls from my other coaching ventures and they're all showing great energy and excitement. I like our players' ability and potential."

Mintonette Sports director and Hartley coach Max Miller said Orange is picking up one the most enthusiastic coaches he's worked with.

"This year, Josh has been in the gym probably almost as much as myself, and I'm the one who runs the club," Miller said. "He started up the boys program at Westerville Central for free, and that shows the love he has for this sport.

"He's dedicated and he puts the time in to get the best out of himself and his athletes."